House Oakland's Homeless on a Cruise Ship?

Port of Oakland

The Oakland, California city council president has floated an idea to house 1,000 of the city’s homeless on a cruise ship, according to local news reports.

At a public meeting Tuesday, Oakland City Council President Rebecca Kaplan said a ship in the city’s harbour could act as emergency housing for the city’s ballooning homeless population, which rose from 1,900 to more than 3,200 since 2018, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Kaplan reportedly plans to officially propose the idea in January.

The council president claimed to already be in discussions with cruise lines about the project, which would offer cabin space on a pay-what-you-can scale, based on income.

She said similar efforts had worked to temporarily shelter aid workers after natural disasters and to house Olympic athletes.

Obvious unaddressed problems include the overall cost of per-square-foot cruise cabins versus shoreside apartments:

  • Fuel and crew pay to get a ship to Oakland.
  • Fuel to operate the ship while in the harbor.
  • California shoreside power regulations, both current and future.
  • Wastewater produced by the ship.
  • Freshwater needed for the ship.
  • Paying the necessary ship’s crew while in the harbor.
  • Comparatively quick degradation of ship infrastructure versus that of land-based buildings.

Carnival Cruise Line Brings Style to Rose Parade

Carnival Rose Parade Float

Carnival Cruise Line kicked off 2019 with its first-ever float in the Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., ahead of the arrival of the new Long Beach-based Carnival Panorama later this year,

Modelled after the new 133,500-ton Vista-class ship, the float cruised down the five-mile parade route this morning delighting the crowd of 700,000 who gathered along with the float riders to a Carnival nine-piece band playing “Uptown Funk” and “I’ve Got a Feeling” as well as the estimated 80 million television viewers.

Carnival Rose Parade Float

Aptly named “Come Sail Away,” the 55-foot-long ship-shaped float featured floral-inspired reproductions of signature Carnival features like the iconic red and blue funnel, a water park and fun-filled Lido Deck party, and the line’s newest attraction — the first-ever trampoline park at sea, in partnership with Sky Zone with jumpers on a working trampoline built into the front portion of the float.

The float also included a replica of the Carnival AirShip flying overhead, just like the blimp that will embark on a month-long tour of California to promote Carnival’s continued expansion in Long Beach, as well as new cruise options from San Diego and San Francisco.

Carnival Rose Parade Float

Designed by Carnival’s in-house creative team and Fiesta Parade Floats, construction of the maritime marvel began in mid-November and encompassed 10 designers collectively working hundreds of hours right up until parade time.

Dozens of volunteers, including Carnival travel agent partners, joined the designers to decorate the float.

“We’re the number one cruise line from the West Coast and what better way to celebrate this distinction and the arrival of Carnival Panorama than by our first-ever Rose Parade which truly captures the essence of what Choosing Fun on a Carnival cruise is all about,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.

Norwegian Bliss Calls in San Francisco

Norwegian Bliss Plaque Exchange

The Norwegian Bliss made history in San Francisco as it became the biggest cruise ship to visit the port when it called on Oct. 3.

The 4,200-guest, 164,600-ton ship docked at the James R. Herman Cruise Terminal at Pier 27.

Port of San Francisco Maritime Director Peter Dailey presents a plaque to Captain Steffan Bengtsson of Norwegian Bliss.

While docked, the port and local officials boarded the ship and participated in a traditional plaque ceremony onboard.

Pictured above, Port of San Francisco Maritime Director Peter Dailey presents a plaque to Captain Staffan Bengtsson of the Norwegian Bliss.